This map shows what global trade really looks like
How does global trade really work? This interactive visualization takes a stab at that question, plotting where goods come and go in increments of $1 billion.
The map is the work of Max Galka, who on his Metrocosm blog makes a few points:
Global trade in goods is concentrated in just three countries: the U.S., China and Germany. U.S. trade with Mexico is more balanced than many may have thought (though the U.S. does run a trade deficit with its southern neighbor).
World trade has been a contentious topic in global politics, with President-elect Donald Trump coming to power in part on his message that trade has largely hurt the U.S. Trade also is dominating the debate in the U.K. on how to proceed with exiting the European Union.
It’s also worth mentioning that services aren’t plotted on this. Data from the World Trade Organization shows that services trade is dominated by the European Union — with a majority of that trade done within European borders — and the U.S.